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About Us

About Us

Amayeza Abantu Biomedical (Pty) Ltd was established in 1998. Amayeza Abantu means medicine for the people in isiXhosa, one of South Africa’s indigenous languages. In 2001, the company successfully concluded negotiations with St. Jude Medical for the marketing and distribution of its Cardiac diagnosis and Cardiac Rhythm Management product range in South Africa.

Over the years the company has developed substantially, extending our footprint across the Sub-Saharan region with the aim of becoming a leading provider of quality Cardiology solutions throughout the continent. Today, Amayeza Abantu is renowned for its ability to deliver specialist, quality, state-of-the-art medical technology and skills transfer. We are also exceptionally proud of the relationships we have developed and continue to maintain with key healthcare professionals and hospitals in our region.

Directors

Anthony

Anthony Britz

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

A true entrepreneur, Anthony has launched several start-up companies in diverse fields such as clothing manufacture, event management and medical marketing and distribution since his departure from the corporate world. During his time with Johnson and Johnson, Anthony was responsible for surgical / cardiology sales. Three years with Baxter-Edwards Lifesciences were spent in their Cardiac business. Anthony has an extensive network of contacts in strategic positions within the industry. As Executive Chairman of Amayeza Abantu, Anthony provides strategic leadership and focuses his attention on developing new opportunities for the company, securing quality international agencies and expanding the product portfolio.

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Patrick Godard

CEO

Dr. Godard received his medical degree from René Descartes University in Paris, France. In 1992 he joined the Cardiovascular Group of Baxter Healthcare moving quickly to international responsibilities from European marketing to Global Business Unit management for Baxter Healthcare and then Edwards Lifesciences. In 2002 Patrick moved to South Africa to explore new opportunities and joined Amayeza Abantu in April 2004 to lead the development of the cardiac rhythm management, electrophysiology and most recently the neuromodulation division. Today Patrick manages the entire Amayeza Abantu Bio-Medical portfolio.

Gary

Gary Hardy

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Prior to joining Amayeza Abantu, Gary was a marketing manager with Johnson and Johnson Medical where he was responsible for the Ethicon sutures division including the launch and ongoing management of products such as: Mitek suture anchors, TVT, Absorbable sutures and Dermabond topical skin adhesive. After four years in this division Gary moved to Cordis a division of Johnson & Johnson to market and manage their range of cardiology products. Gary is well known within the market segments he has worked in and has numerous contacts with key decision makers in South Africa.

Dan

Dan Willemse

COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

Dan has worked in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Capital Equipment fields for multinational companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb; Johnson & Johnson; Philips Medical Systems and Abbott Medical. In 2008 Dan accepted an offer to join Amayeza Abantu as Commercial Director. He is well known and highly regarded for his ability to build and maintain customer relations and has a reputation as a problem solver in the market.

Heinrich

Heinrich Heyl

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Heinrich started his career at Deloitte & Touche South Africa in Pretoria. After completing his articles, he was seconded to the Deloitte Phoenix Arizona branch on the Deloitte JIT programme. He joined Dartcom Pty Ltd where he acquired SA Heat Pump Engineers (Pty) Ltd for the group. He was Managing Director of SA Heat Pump Engineers for 2 years. Heinrich joined the Amayeza Group early 2014 as Financial Director. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing strong corporate governance, financial restructuring and participating to key negotiations with major suppliers.

Christie

Christie de Wet

DIRECTOR

Christie is a qualified Clinical technologist. She joined Amayeza Abantu in 2002 as a Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Territory Manager. Christie moved on as product specialist and Marketing manager for the same division, supporting the St. Jude’s range of Pacemakers and Defibrillators. She is currently responsible for the management of the Inland CRM Sales team.

Broad Based Black
Economic Empowerment

Amayeza Abantu is a Level 6 accredited company on the generic Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment scorecard. This means a procutrement recognition level of 60% for our customers.

Our strategy centres around creating internal skills and knowledge to facilitate capacity in order to deliver increasing value to all of our stakeholders.

Our Business Units

Cardiology

Where our focus is to provide specialist diagnostic products and services for Interventional Cardiologists.

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Cardiac Rhythm Management

Supply and support of state-of-the-art Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs), Pacemakers and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) devices.

Manager Inland: Christie de Wet
B.Tech degree Clinical Technology – Tshwane University of Technology
B.Tech degree Business Management – Durban University of Technology
IBHRE accredited – Allied professional in Cardiac Device Therapy

Manager Coastal: Robert Bougard
BSc degree
BTEC Higher National Certificate in Cardiology
SCST part 1 and 2.
IBHRE accredited – Allied professional in Cardiac Device Therapy
BSE accredited

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Atrial Fibrillation (Electrophysiology)

Supply and support all the equipments and consumables required  to map, identify and ablate / cure the causes of rapid and / or irregular heart rhythms.

George van der Merwe
B.Sc (Hons.) (cum laude) M.Sc (Biokinetics) (cum laude)
IBHRE accredited – Allied professional in Electrophysiology

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PCI Optimisation

Kallie Burger
B Com (Hons) M Com (Marketing Management)

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Neuromodulation

The provision of technology to deliver small doses of electrical current to targeted nerve sites to treat and/or manage chronic pain, epilepsy and movement disorders.

Erica Redelinghuys
Diploma in General Nursing ; Intensive Nursing Science
MDP (Management Development Program) University of Stellenbosch Business School School

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Spine

Supply of state-of-the-art and innovative products and solutions for complex and regular spine surgery.

Morne Griesel
Bsc Sport Science

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SilvoCure

Provider of specialised antimicrobial wound dressings in particular for burns and surgical sites.

Ethel Andrews
PhD (Wits) , MSc (Wits), Cert Marketing management (Damelin), BCur (RAU).